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Blazers' Schrempf announces his retirement
TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) -- Detlef Schrempf, a versatile and consistent forward, retired Monday after 15 NBA seasons.
The 37-year-old German averaged 14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists for his career. He was an All-Star three times.
Schrempf was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks in 1985, and also played for the Indiana Pacers, Seattle SuperSonics, and Portland Trail Blazers. Last season, his first with Portland, Schrempf averaged 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.
From 1989-99, Schrempf never averaged fewer than 15 points or more than 19.2.
He played in the NBA Finals in 1996, when Seattle lost to the Chicago Bulls in six games.
Lakers' Bryant delayed marriage plansEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe's still single.
When the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in June, Bryant said he intended to marry Vanessa Laine in the summer.
It didn't happen, but Bryant said Monday the marriage will take place during the upcoming season.
"We definitely have plans in the works, we have a date set,"' Bryant said a day before the Lakers begin practice for the upcoming season. "We have a date set, it's during the season."
Bryant smiled and shook his head when asked for the date.
"You'll know when I show up with a wedding band," he said.
About the offseason, Bryant said: "It was quick, nice and fast, short and sweet."
Raptors sign draft pick Peterson to four-year deal
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors signed first-round draft pick Morris Peterson to a four-year contract on Monday.
Under the NBA's rookie-salary scale, Peterson will receive within 20 percent of about $2.93 million over four seasons.
Peterson, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, is a product of NCAA champion Michigan State. He averaged 13.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 14 games during the Spartans' championship run.
"I think I'm ready," Peterson, the 21st pick overall, told the FAN radio station in Toronto. "This is something I've always dreamed of."
The 23-year-old was also second team All-American by The Associated Press as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior.
Mavs waive forward Mills at his request
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks waived forward Terry Mills on a Monday, a day before training camp begins.
Coach Don Nelson said Mills requested the move. Mills, a 10th-year pro who never played a game in Dallas, apparently hopes to sign with the Indiana Pacers, where he feels he'll get a chance to get more playing time.
The Mavericks also Monday signed free agents Mike Jones and Jamal Kendrick.
Jones, a 1998 Texas Christian graduate, played the last two years in China. Kendrick played at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas, and was in the IBA for part of last season.
Buford's release surprises Hornets' Silas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rodney Buford, one of the players acquired in Charlotte's nine-player trade with Miami, was waived Monday by the Hornets just hours before they opened training camp.
The move surprised Charlotte coach Paul Silas, who had previously said Buford had impressed him in the few days he had been in Charlotte working out before the start of camp.
When asked why Buford wasn't at Media Day on Monday, Silas at first thought he had just missed it. When he was told Buford had been waived, he referred all questions to Hornets vice president Bob Bass.
Bass refused to comment on the move.
Buford, a second-year guard/forward, averaged 4.3 points and 11.4 minutes off the bench for Miami last season. But his year there was plagued by three marijuana-related offenses, and he was eventually traded as part of the deal that sent P.J. Brown, Jamal Mashburn, Otis Thorpe and Tim James to Charlotte in exchange for Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason, Ricky Davis and Dale Ellis.
Meanwhile, the Hornets signed rookie free agents Caswell Cyrus and Terrance Roberson on Monday.
NBA introduces single-game ticket hotline
NEW YORK (AP) -- Purchasing tickets for NBA games should be easier when a new telephone hotline debuts Saturday.
Through "NBA On-Sale 2000," fans can dial the league's hotline at 1-800-4NBA-TIX and purchase single-game tickets. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
The hotline, run by Ticketmaster, makes the NBA the first major pro sports league to offer a single telephone hotline to purchase tickets.
Tickets can also be purchased online at NBA.com and ticketmaster.com, as well as at teams' box offices and at the NBA Store in New York.
Celtics sign guard Jordan, forward Elliott
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The Boston Celtics signed guard Michael Jordan and forward Rodney Elliott to free agent contracts Monday.
Jordan, last season's Ivy League player of the year at Penn, bears little resemblance to the former Chicago Bulls star. But he averaged 14.7 points in four seasons at Penn, where he is the leading scorer with 1,604 career points.
Elliott played in Europe and for Baltimore of the IBL in the two seasons since leaving Maryland.
Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The team also announced that assistant coach Andy Enfield resigned to pursue a career with a venture-capital partnership in New York. Enfield served as Boston's shooting coach the past two seasons. He held the same position with Milwaukee from 1994-96.